NBA Mock Draft: Ranking top 15 realistic prospects for the Miami Heat

NBA Draft prospect Jordan Hawkins (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)
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14. Colby Jones, G, Xavier

It’s hard to predict what the Miami Heat will need most heading into the offseason because the assumption is that they’re going to have to make some sort of trade. And that likely means moving away from some of its current depth. Nevertheless, it wouldn’t be a bad option for the team to roll the dice on an NBA-ready guard/wing player. And that’s what Colby Jones could represent for the team late in the first round.

Jones may not have as high a ceiling as some of his contemporaries but he’s a proven player that was productive and showed impressive improvement through his three seasons at Xavier. During his final season, he averaged 15 points, six rebounds, and four assists on 51 percent shooting from the field and 38 percent shooting from 3-point range.

Even though he had an outstanding season at Xavier, there are still concerns about his overall game. Does he have enough athleticism to be a difference-maker on the defensive end? Is his improved 3-point shooting legit or more of fool’s gold?

I’d be intrigued by injecting an all-around talent such as Jones into the Heat’s developmental system, but he’s far from a sure thing. Especially if the Heat is looking for a player that can be thrown into the fire right away.